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Politics and religion are technologies: Noah Feldman on TED.com

Posted by: Tedstaff

Lawyer and Islam scholar Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion — whatever their differences — are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people. Listen for his discussion of these ideas “about which people disagree in the deepest possible sense” — and a prophetic look at political conflict in the weeks before the 2003 US war began. (Recorded February 2003 in Monterey, California. Duration: 15:01.)

Watch Noah Feldman’s 2003 talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 300+ TEDTalks — including more talks about politics.

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